Category: 
Job


Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Urban Designer

About Us
We are an award-winning team of urban designers and architects who design places that allow community to flourish.  Our work includes creating master plans for new and existing communities, serving as "town architect,” providing conceptual architectural designs, and writing codes and design standards.  Projects range in scale from the village and neighborhood, to the block, the street, and the building.  We are a small firm committed to providing a high level of service to a broad range of clients.  Most of our work comes to us through our highly valued client relationships and referrals from them.  Charrettes this year will take us to North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, back to Texas, back to Georgia, and elsewhere.  Clients charge us with challenging and interesting work focused on creating community.  Information about some of our work can be found on our website.

About the Job
We are looking for an experienced urban designer with a passion for creating beautiful communities—at all scales.  The work spans the rural to urban continuum.  You will be working directly with the principal and other team members to:

  • Design master plans for new and existing communities.
  • Program and prepare more detailed designs for civic spaces and thoroughfares.
  • Provide design review and “coaching” in communities we serve as “town architect.”
  • Organize and prepare compelling presentations to generate community support.
  • Write and illustrate design codes.

About You
If this position is of interest to you, you should possess:

  • 1-4 years of experience in traditional urbanism and architecture including preparing master plan documents and presentations.  Experience in preparing codes and design standards is a significant plus but will consider a recent graduate with a strong resume.
  • A passion for community, beauty, and the built environment.
  • The ability to think creatively and critically.
  • Freehand drawing and/or painting skills.
  • Strong written and visual communication skills.
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, AutoCAD, SketchUp, and similar programs.
  • A degree in urban design, architecture, and/or landscape architecture.

How to Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to personnel@michaelwatkinsarchitect.com.  Please highlight skills and experience you might have in addition to those described above.  This is a full-time position with salary and excellent benefits commensurate with experience. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and hire based on ability without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

We are looking for a passionate urban designer, eager to contribute and eager to grow.